The PCW Show Adventurers' Night Out 1987
The famous post-Personal Computer World Show adventurers' night out, organised by Keith Campbell of C&VG, featuring the great and the good of the UK text adventure scene of the time (and a few international guests).
An Unexpected Party?
Photo source: the Keith Campbell interview at CASA
(Thanks to the members of the 8-Bit Text Adventures Facebook group and the text adventure Twitter community, most of the attendees have been identified...)
1: John Jones-Steele (Abersoft et al.)
3: Mike Austin (Level 9)
5: Nick Austin (Level 9)
6: Tim Gilberts (Gilsoft)
7: Keith Campbell (C&VG)
8: Daniel Gilbert (Zzap!64)
9: Adrian Bott (Commodore User)
10: Fergus McNeill (Delta 4)
11: Priscilla Langridge (St. Bride's)
12: Marianne Scarlett (St. Bride's)
13: Pete Austin (Level 9)
14: Paul Coppins (C&VG, Rainbird, Microprose)
15: Anna Popkess (Abstract Concepts)
16: Christian Martensen (from Denmark)
17: Janet Lebling
18: Dave Lebling (Infocom)
19: Ken Gordon (Magnetic Scrolls)
20: Rob Steggles (Magnetic Scrolls)
Peter Moreland (Mordon's Quest) could potentially be one of the two unknowns in the photo.
Possibly Peter Donne also?
Keith's write-up in his Commodore User adventure column...
An alternative, semi-fictional account from Fergus McNeill, writing in the Adventure Club Ltd's newsletter...
At least one other version of the famous photograph exists, as featured in the Retro Gamer #7 interview with Keith Campbell. It'd be nice to get a bigger/better quality copy of that...
|Thanks to Tim Gilberts, Fergus McNeill, Richard Hewison, Jacob Gunness, Fredrik Ramsberg, Stefan Bylund, Hugh Steers and Daniel Gilbert for helping identify the attendees in the photo and/or for sharing their memories of the event.